The Heritage Tree Program collects and tells the stories of Ontario’s unique trees. Launched in 2009, in partnership with the Ontario Urban Forest Council, the program brings awareness to the social, cultural, historical and ecological value of trees.
For a tree to qualify, it must be associated with a historic person or event, or be growing on historically significant land. The tree’s prominence within the surrounding community and/or use as a landmark is also taken into account; however it is the historical or cultural significance of the tree that is of most importance. Register here to nominate a tree today!
Heritage Tree candidates are also assessed for form, shape, beauty, age, size, rarity, genetic constitution, and other distinctive features by volunteer evaluators from the forest industry.
A Red Oak Touched by the Exploratory Spirit of its Owners
New Status for Old Growth Trees
Eastern White Pine dominates old-growth forest
Jesuit Pear shades National Historic Site of Canada
Canopy of English oak shades Tom Thomson’s tombstone
Sycamore is landmark of Roseland community
“The Trading Tree”
200-year old oak tree marks Leaside community
How do I nominate a tree?
Anyone can nominate a tree for the Heritage Tree Program – whether it is on their own property, their friends or family member’s property or in a public space. You will need to register as a nominator before beginning the nomination process. Consent from the landowner is also required.
Heritage Tree Resources
- Landowner Consent Form
- How to research cultural heritage
- Contact a local organization to assist with historical research
- Protecting and Commemorating Heritage Trees
*Map updated February 4, 2020